South Side Giving Circle


 "All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you. The only lasting truth is change."
- Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower


The South Side Giving Circle (SSGC) of CFW mobilizes philanthropic resources of women primarily on Chicago's South Side and in the South Suburbs to invest in the economic, social and political power of black women and girls in metropolitan Chicago.

We are a fierce group of women paving a path of investment into women-of-color-led community initiatives and have awarded $83,600 to 9 Black-woman-led organizations on the South Side since 2018.

The SSGC had 54 members in 2019 who engaged with teh Circle in various ways. Some members simply invest financially while others attend meetings, site visits, and actively engage with grantees through service and support. All members can nominate potential grantees, however only members who attend the spring grantmaking training and the November decision meeting can participate in the final vote. Networking opportunities also exist through social events planned by SSGC and other CFW events throughout the year.

2019 Grantees
A Long Walk Home
Girls Like Me Project, Inc
Her Future: Teen Mom Empowerment
Ladies of Virtue
The Dreamcatcher Foundation

Inaugural Leadership Award
Recognition of a Black woman who is inspiring change through her leadership
Lauren Cole, ED, Her Future: Teen Mom Empowerment

2018 Grantees
Assata's Daughters
Girls Like Me Project, Inc
Polished Pebbles
Sisters Network - Chicago Chapter
Violets in Bloom

2020 Chairs
Akira Barclay
Ashley Leonard
Whitney Wade
Damaris Walker

Founding Members
Felicia Davis; Jessyca Dudley; Cristal Gary; Phaedra M. Leslie; Melody M. Miller; Nicole Reed; Nicole Robinson


  • Be a broad-based membership group with leadership reflecting the communities we serve.

  • Build a network of women that is a catalyst for gender and racial equity on the South Side of Chicago.

  • Raise awareness for the unique inequities black women and girls face at the intersection of race and gender.

  • Support initiatives that give black women voice, and that retain/grow their political power.

  • Invest in community-based groups led by those most directly affected by the issues that the organization addresses.

  • Introduce new organizations to CFW, a relationship through which leaders may grow networks and capacity and become connected to other funding opportunities.


Membership for 2020 opens Feb 9, 2020 with member form and initial member donation due by June 30, 2020. Complete the member form to get started.


Key Dates

Meetings in 2020
April 8, May 6, July 22, Sept. 30, Nov. 12 (6:00pm-7:30/8:00pm)

Grantmaking Training (attend one)
12:30pm-1:30pm: May 6 or June 16
6:00p-7:00pm:May28 or June16

Participate in site visits in October

Grants awarded in Deceber 2020

Grantee celebration in early 2021

* Click here to see the full calendar

Membership Requirements: Member Form and Donation

$1,000 annual donation

Young Professional (35 years and younger):
$500 annual donation with an ask
to raise the additional $500.

*Annual donation may be made in one payment or as installments,
at least half due by June 30, 2020; the balance due in full by Oct. 31, 2020

Interested in joining? Let us know!
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Complete the member interest form linked below


For more information, contact Eli Marsh, Philanthropic Education Officer, at
312.577.2825 or